Female Membership of IOC Commissions Reaches an All-Time High of 47.7 per cent – Two New Female Chairs – Olympic Games

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THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) ANNOUNCED TODAY THE COMPOSITION OF ITS COMMISSIONS FOR 2020. THE COMPOSITION HAS ONCE AGAIN SHOWN A YEAR-ON-YEAR PROGRESSION TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY, WITH 47.7 PER CENT OF POSITIONS ACROSS THE 30 COMMISSIONS NOW HELD BY WOMEN, COMING FROM 45.4 PER CENT IN 2019.

It is another all-time high and a concrete manifestation of one of the key focuses of the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms – to encourage the whole Olympic Movement to advance gender equality both on and off the field. Since 2013, as a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, female participation in the IOC commissions has more than doubled (coming from 20 per cent in 2013). This year’s IOC commission week is scheduled from 2 to 8 November 2020. It will be decided at a later stage if the meetings are going to be held in person or remotely.

The 2020 IOC commissions’ composition, which is established by the IOC President working closely with the IOC Executive Board, also includes the appointment of two new female chairs. Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, IOC Member in Thailand, has been appointed Chair of the Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission; and Zhang Hong, IOC Member in China, will be the Chair of the newly-formed IOC Coordination Commission for the 4th Winter Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024.

This brings the total number of commissions chaired by women to 11 out of 30, some 36.7 per cent.

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